President backs Ravinatha in Geneva

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has backed Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Ravinatha Aryasinha, and dismissed allegations raised against him.

A statement by the President’s office said that the Presidential Secretariat is greatly disturbed by attempts to sully the reputation and cast aspersions on the professional conduct of Aryasinha who is taking part in the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva.

President’s Spokesman Mohan Samaranayake said that it is the view of the President that both international and local entities are exploring all avenues of dragging Sri Lanka into disrepute in the run up to the Council sessions and thus place Sri Lanka at an awkward and embarrassing position bringing in unfounded allegations notwithstanding the enormous work accomplished in reconstruction, rehabilitation and reconciliation.

“De-motivating and insulting our PR (Aryasinha) and his staff in Geneva is also one such malicious activity aimed towards dragging Sri Lanka into disrepute,” Samaranayake said.

The Presidential Secretariat says confidence has been placed in the professional capacity and capability of Aryasinha and his staff to handle the forthcoming events and activities of the UNHRC sessions in Geneva in March this year and ably assist  Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Plantation Industries who has been tasked to lead the delegation to the Council sessions.